Traktor had most of the play, but Metallurg made the most of its scoring chances. The visitor scored four goals on its first nine shots to set up a convincing victory. Now Magnitka can wrap up the Eastern Conference final on home ice in Monday’s game five.

Traktor Chelyabinsk 0 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 6 (0-3, 0-1, 0-2)

(Metallurg leads the series 3-1)

Traktor welcomed back Czech forward Lukas Sedlak, who missed the final two games of the Eastern Conference semi-final and the first three meetings in this series after he was injured by a big hit from Grigory Panin. Sedlak slotted into the second line alongside Tomas Hyka and Nikita Tertyshny.

However, Sedlak’s return did not make the contribution Traktor was hoping for. In the first period, his line found itself with a ‘-3’ rating, having been on the ice for all three Metallurg goals.

Things might have played out differently if Vitaly Kravtsov had taken the first big chance of the game. It was still goalless when Kravtsov forced a turnover and sprinted towards Vasily Koshechkin’s net. His shot beat the Metallurg goalie but rebounded off the post, and Koshechkin was quick to smother the danger.

Traktor was enjoying the better of the game, but midway through the opening frame Metallurg snatched the lead. A turnover enabled Anatoly Nikontsev to break into the home zone and set up Maxim Karpov for a shot from the left. Denis Zernov managed to get a touch on the puck on its way to goal, steering it past Roman Will to give the visitor the advantage.

There was more to come. Another swift counter attack saw Phillippe Maillet release Nikolai Goldobin down the left-hand channel, from where he wired a wrister to the top shelf. And, seconds before the intermission, Brendan Leipsic added a third as he evaded Artyom Blazhievsky and found the far corner to convert another breakaway.

In the second period, Traktor again had the bulk of the possession and had substantially more shots on goal. However, Metallurg’s defense did a fine job of closing down the play and protecting that commanding lead. The home team was largely limited to efforts from the perimeter, while Magnitka continued to find the precise, profitable lines of attack. After 35 minutes that brought a fourth goal – from just nine shots on target – when Linus Hultstrom’s long pass sent Karpov down the left. He fired the puck to the slot where, much like Zernov in the first period, Maillet got his stick on it to redirect beyond Will.

Any hopes of a home revival in the third period were quickly extinguished as yet another Metallurg breakaway found its target. This time Linus Videll was the scorer, potting his third of the playoffs after attacking down the left and putting a wrist shot beyond the reach of Will.

With the game now out of sight, Metallurg was able to give some game time to young forward Danila Yurov. The 18-year-old has been used sparingly in this year’s playoffs, but his first touch of the puck in today’s game earned him his first point of the 2022 post season. Yurov collected an assist as Leipsic potted his second of the day. That proved to be the end of the scoring as Magnitka powered to an impressive victory – and a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference final.


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